I love learning and sharing what I learn. I love this so much, I started a SharePoint university, I’ve written 20 books on SharePoint, recorded close to 150 hours of lectures, and I’ve conducted countless training sessions when I’m working for consulting clients.
Now I want to turn my attention to you.
What, Me Personally?
Yes, you personally. You see, since USPJ Academy slowed down its operations last year, I’ve found myself with more time and the same eagerness to keep sharing what I’ve learned over thousands of hours of SharePoint exploration.
I decided to start working with a few select people who were looking to learn more about SharePoint but had a hard time finding the best resources, the funding from employers, or how to learn in the most efficient way. I work individually with each these people to guide them towards their goals.
We work through email communication and real-time online meetings, usually around an hour at a time, but frequently longer too. I follow their progress closely, assign homework and tasks they perform, and assist them in finding the material they need.
So far, I’m working regularly with three students, and it’s been a great experience. After trying this for just over a month, I realize I have some more capacity. So, starting in February, I can take on a couple of more students.
How It Works
You have unique goals, needs, backgrounds, and expectations. As such, how and what you learn is up to you and depends on your needs.
Initially, we meet to discuss your learning goals and ambitions. This includes determining both your short-term and long-term goals, and what you need to reach these goals.
Then, we start outlining the first sessions towards that goal. What these sessions will be depends on you. So far, my existing students have worked with motivation and brand-building, object-oriented programming, SharePoint Designer workflows, some InfoPath, and some other random topics too. Some of them want to start new careers while others want to move their existing career forward or broaden their scope.
What would you need to learn to achieve the goals you want?
Hang On, This Must Be Expensive
I don’t work for free, and neither do you. I charge for the sessions we spend together, US$200 per session. I don’t charge you anything else.
How many sessions we have depends on your needs, goals, and how quickly you learn. It may be a once-a-month session over six months or it may be a session once a week for a year.
You don’t have to commit long-term either. You book the sessions you want, when you want them. You can stop any time and you never commit to anything to me.
Great, I Want In!
Hold on just a second.
You see, without doing any actual promotion, I’ve already gotten a lot of requests and just in the first couple of weeks, I got the first three students. This means there will likely be far more requests than I can handle, so I need to make sure the students I get are serious.
First of all, you should expect to have no less frequent sessions that once a month. This ensures we get continuity. You can still quit at any time, though, but as long as you work with me, once a month is the minimum frequency that works.
Second, you should consider this as a career advancement, not just a casual past-time. I will ask you about your goals, your current experience, and other questions to help both you and me make sure we’re not wasting each others’ time. If you’re just starting out, that’s fine, and if you’re an experienced developer looking to advance your understanding, that’s fine too. If you just want me to help you build a web part, then ask someone else.
Next, make sure you understand what I do so you know what I can teach. I do SharePoint development and solution architecture, and although I’m comfortable with a much wider range of tasks, these are my strong areas.
I won’t, for example, take on a SharePoint administrator student, simply because I wouldn’t be able to give you the best training you can possibly get.
Note: If you need to review what the various disciplines are, check out my article on SharePoint professional disciplines.
Finally, I will expect you to be fluent in English, both written and spoken. We will spend considerable time communicating, and it’s problematic if we struggle to understand each other.
I’ve added a page on my Professional Services page that can answer at least some of the questions you may have.
On that page, you can also book both a free information meeting to evaluate your needs and your sessions when you decide to get started.
If you want to inquire about studying with me, be prepared to answer questions about your goals, current knowledge, and other things before I will accept a free information meeting with you.
In fact, a good way to convince me you’re serious is to tell me a bit about yourself when you book the meeting. I don’t need your life story, I need to know where you want to go, how quickly you want to get there, and where you are now.
Sounds like a great plan? Well, don’t hesitate and get in touch so we can start working.
I’ll update this section on a regular basis with the availability so you know whether I can help you out.
February 1, 2013: Currently, I have capacity for 2-3 more students.
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